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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:35 pm

American universities are still the finest in the world, attracting students and scholars from around the globe. I value the opportunities that my undergraduate and graduate degrees have helped made possible. I recall most of my professors fondly and am grateful for the influence they have had upon me. All the more reason I deplore what is happening on campuses all over America today. College campuses were once places where ideas could be explored and debated. We learned to express our opinions and listen politely to others, some critical of ours. We learned to deal with the criticism and sometimes even benefit from it, not hide from it or fly into a rage over it. We learned to persuade, not demand and we were too busy studying and working part-time to demonstrate or protest over anything.

Today, many universities have speech and behavior codes so extreme that they define hate speech as virtually anything critical of progressive ideology. Students must be sheltered from such speech, oral or written, and be alerted by trigger warnings if they are at risk of even hearing any of it. How did centers of learning become centers of progressive ideology where conservative views are not only not welcome but not permitted? How could faculty and staff, supposedly the adults in charge, allow this to happen?

Oberlin College is the latest Institute of higher education to add to this national embarrassment. Its students demonstrated their immaturity recently by accusing a local bakery of racial profiling after a black shoplifter, who actually pleaded guilty to the charge and was seen kicking and punching a bakery employee on the ground who followed him out of the store, was found guilty. The college responded by supporting the students’ protest and boycotting the bakery which had no record of racial profiling. A jury later awarded the bakery $11 million from Oberlin and an additional $33 million in punitive damages.

Harvard University, which during its long and storied history has educated slaveholders, recently decided to withdraw a letter of acceptance to a survivor of the Parkland school shooting who reportedly graduated second in his class because of a reported racist post he made when he was a child and which he apologized for. Harvard has discriminated for years against applicants of Asian descent and, incredibly, still defends the practice.

The admissions scandal, whereby affluent parents pay, bribe and cheat to get their children into elite universities is still expanding. Conservative scholars and public officials are routinely disinvited from speaking or harassed and shouted down while trying to speak and even barred from the campus altogether when liberal students throw a temper tantrum. Students choose as commencement speakers, entertainers who seem incapable of expressing a serious thought, let alone useful advice to graduates. Administrative staffs are outnumbering faculty, deanships are added to deal with such non-academic matters as diversity and speech codes, adding greatly to the already hugely-inflated cost of a university education.

Academic majors in such soft areas as peace, gender and race studies offer relatively easy credits and degrees but little academic rigor and even less in the way of employment prospects. Public and many for profit universities have an abundance of students who aren’t prepared for college level studies, have little hope of graduating and end up with a job that didn’t require a college education in the first place, depriving a deserving and qualified student of a spot. Americans have been sold by liberal politicians on the absurd notion that everyone requires and is entitled to a college education, preferably at the taxpayers’ expense. If you think college is expensive now, just wait until it’s free.

All of this is a threat, not just to one of America’s most precious assets, the quality of its universities, but to the value of the degrees they so liberally award. It won’t be long before foreign students catch on to what’s happening and decide that American university degrees, already overpriced, aren’t worth it. Since they pay full tuition, this would be a financial disaster to our universities. Before you make that next donation to your alma mater or your children’s, satisfy yourself that it deserves it as a center of learning and not just a place where kids go to become young socialists and learn how to protest and demonstrate. Communicate your thoughts on the matter to the university president. While you’re at it mention that you believe every freshman should be required to take a course in debating.

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1 comment:

  • epicfollowers posted at 2:37 pm on Sat, Jun 29, 2019.

    epicfollowers Posts: 1

    Stuart Wilde made his transition three years ago, but his teachings still impact us today. I believe I have experienced the "morph" that he speaks of -- first in the nineties during the third day of a fast I was on -- and as recently as last night. I usually see it when I'm sitting next to bushes at night under the street lights. It used to appear as tendrils wisping off the plants and dancing in a sea of God life. Now I see the morph moving very rapidly and see it as the "dry rain" Stuart describes. Probably everyone will experience it differently ,